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Pumpkin Gingerbread

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I have a serious problem not buying anything with the word fall on it. Honestly, if Tampax had a fall variety pack I’d buy enough to last me a year a pack or two. That’s how I found myself the proud owner of the Sam Adams Fall Variety Pack. I’m not an adventurous beer drinking, I pretty much only drink wheat beer. But the case said ‘fall’ and ‘pumpkin’ so I really had no choice and I brought it home. Knowing full well I won’t drink more than 4 bottles from the entire freaking case!  Well done Sam Adams… My solution was to turn the undrinkable (to me) bottles into something I can enjoy. First up is my rendition of the Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread recipe made fall appropriate with a few modifications and the addition of pumpkin (of course!) for a spicy, dense pumpkin gingerbread.Spicy, sticky and moist, this pumpkin gingerbread is the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee and a dollop of whipped cream [Read more…]

Halloween Confetti Pumpkin Pancakes

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I’m made my fair share of pumpkin pancakes and I’ve finally figured out my perfect recipe (at least for now!). My first requirement was that it used a whole can of pumpkin. I’m not about to waste my time on a pancake recipe that uses a tablespoon or two of pumpkin. It took some messing around with ratios to find a good batter consistency that tasted like pumpkin with a bit of spice. They are dense and a little creamy thanks to the pumpkin which also adds a nice sweetness.Pumpkin, Spice & everything nice come together for a Halloween breakfast treat of pumpkin pancakes jazzed up with black & orange sprinkle confetti [Read more…]

Autumn Puppy Chow Trail Mix

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My family is weird. If you knew me at that would not surprise you. Every fall my mom, sister, grandma and an assortment of children go to Critz Farms for the Fall Festival. We’ve been going since I was pregnant with Mary, so this will be our 4th year. They have this giant corn maze, and hidden inside it are craft punches. If you find 4 you get free apple fritters. This is where the crazy comes in. My mother WILL NOT stop until she has all punches.

Mix chocolate coated cereal with a few salty & sweet treats to make a batch of puppy chow trail mix to bring along on your next hayride or pumpkin hunt [Read more…]

Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider

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Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat

The holiday season is the perfect time for sparkling drinks. Stressed out from shopping? Champagne. Forget to add the sugar to your gingerbread? Champagne. Family won’t stop asking what your six month old baby wants for Christmas? Champagne (baby doesn’t want champagne, mommy does). It’s an A+ holiday problem solver. And you don’t have to drink it alone, that might get boring (and you might get a little too tipsy). I’m hear with the perfect solution!  Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider is my new go-to holiday drink.

Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat [Read more…]

Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge

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Whip up a decadent dark chocolate cherry fudge with this quick stove top recipe. Overflowing with tart cherries this sweet treat is sure to be a holiday hit

Whip up a decadent dark chocolate cherry fudge with this quick stove top recipe. Overflowing with tart cherries this sweet treat is sure to be a holiday hit

There is a Mennonite-owned market on my way home from work; they have the best deli meat, an infinite variety of sprinkles and a whole aisle devoted to chocolate covered things. It’s hard to pick but lately I’ve been drawn to the dark chocolate covered cherries and cranberries. Those snacks were the starting point for two of my holiday recipes this year. First up is a decadent Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge.  You’ll need dried tart  cherries for this (they might be called Montmorency). I bought a bag of dried bing cherries first and they tasted like raisins, don’t get those. I bought mine at the same Mennonite market but believe it or not, Target carries them. [Read more…]